In downtown White Bear Lake, MN, there is a seasonal ice cream shop that is proudly acclaimed by the locals. As soon as Memorial Day hits, this place gets hopping.
Located at 2126 4th Street White Bear Lake, MN 55110 Cup and Cone is in a small brown building tucked away behind the Caribou Coffee shop. The building was once a gas station, a hair salon, a taco place, and a record store. Now, for ice cream alone the building has a line extending from the front windows at which you order and onto the sidewalk. On extremely busy days, it must twist around the block.
It’s open in the summer from 10:00 am-10:30 pm.
Cup and Cone serves soft serve ice cream: chocolate, vanilla, twist, flavor of the day, and twist with the flavor of the day, in our case raspberry pina colada. Not only do they have the different flavors, but they have different dips and my favorite crunch coating. YUM! Their dips include: Choc, Cherry, Butterscotch, Choc Peanut Butter, Strawberry. I think I saw a blue raspberry today as well.
A specialty they have is called a Crunchi Cream cone. They swirl candy or cookie bits into the vanilla ice cream as they put on your cone.
They have a bunch of different sizes, too. Starting with kiddie for $0.47. I can give all my kids an ice cream cone for $2. I am telling you: This is the place to go.
They also have Small cone (6 oz cup) 1.17 Medium cone (8 oz cup) 1.63, Large cone (16 oz cup) 2.10, Sugar cone (12 oz cup) 1.40, Waffle cone (20 oz cup) 3.03.
Other items on their menu include malts and shakes, candy bar malts and shakes, slushies, floats, freezes, sundaes, and other frozen novelty items: paddles, drumsticks, ittybitz, ice cream cookie sandwiches.
They also have a submarine sandwich menu as well if you are hungry.
I’m going there for the ice cream.
Ice cream thoughts:
I had my “bring me back to childhood” vanilla crunch cone. It was excellent. I had to eat it purposefully, but not too quickly. I was able to enjoy it. Sometimes where there is a topping on ice cream, the melting point of the ice cream is raised and you don’t even taste it because you have to eat it so fast.
Not so with my ice cream cone today.
Princess Pea had the flavor of the day (as I said Raspberry Pina Colada). It was very refreshing. It reminded me of sherbet, but much, much creamier. She loved it. She did not have to be told twice to keep eating it.
Wordgirl, Dash, and JackJack all had Creami Crunch Oreo cones. They were amazing–the cones, not the kids. Although the kids were doing a great job. I got to eat a bunch of them because my little guys needed a lot of help with their melty cones.
I would highly recommend the Creami Crunch…It’s available in M&M, Oreo, Reeses Pieces, Nerds, Heath, Choc Chip Cookie, Butterfinger.
Have I said YUM? Because YUM!
Being an outdoor ice cream venue, they do a very nice job. There is a courtyard in the center of 3 buildings where they have placed a lot of picnic tables. The courtyard feels cozy but not crowded. The three buildings do a nice job of protecting you from any potential strong wind. When we were there, there was a lot of wind and even though our hair floated into our ice cream, we were protected from the huge gusts.
The courtyard is decorated with potted plants and trees. It’s a relaxing feel. I was completely impressed. You must step up onto a porch to order and even though it can get a bit chaotic to be there with 4 small children, they work quickly and you are not stuck for very long in a small space.
Cup and Cone is a favorite summer stop in White Bear Lake. And it’s worth the drive to check it out for youself.